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Der Langrisser

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Title Screen

Der Langrisser

Developer: NCS
Publisher: Masaya
Platform: SNES
Released in JP: June 30, 1995


DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


Der Langrisser is a remake of Langrisser II, which also fixed some of the difficulty issues that was in the original Langrisser II.

Level Select

Der Langrisser Level Select.png

In the load game menu, highlight any unoccupied save slot and press Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Right, Select, A. A number "01" will appear in the highlighted save slot, denoting the level number. Left and Right increase the number by 10, and Up and Down increase the number by 1. Press Start to warp to the selected level.

Sound Test

Der Langrisser Sound Test.png

In the load game menu, highlight any save slot and press Left, Right, Select, A. The sound test menu will appear.

The top option is a BGM test:

Der Langrisser BGM Test.png

And the bottom option is a sound effect test:

Der Langrisser SE Test.png

In both menus, Up and Down toggle the track to play, Left and Right change the page, A plays the selected track, and B exits the menu.

Battle Test

A battle test also exists, but the only known way to access it is by entering the sound test code in the full English translation.

Hmmm...
To do:
Find a way to access it in the original Japanese version. According to byuu, increasing the height of the main sound test menu is all that's needed.


(Source: http://www.angelfire.com/al3/hurry/cheats.html)

Control Enemy Units

While highlighting an empty tile on the map, press Down, Left, Up, Right, A, Left, Up, B, Down, Right, A, B, Down, Right, A.

This appears to be intended for testing. This allows you to select and order around enemy and NPC units. Interestingly a lot of mages have irregular spell lists. A high level mage might only have three spells instead of 12-15, which explains why AI mages do not use spells they would be expected to know. Also, neutral units can sometimes be attacked by enemy units when you order them to do so, for example AI-controlled Aaron can attack and kill civilians, and Rhianna in the first scenario can attack the imperials if ordered to do so. The programmers probably left it up to scripting so the AI does not make unintended attacks.

Using this code reveals that high level summoners do know at least the summon spell of their class (white dragon, demon lord, etc). The AI will typically never cast a summon spell even when doing so would be highly advantageous. This seems to be an oversight by the programmers as this is not a difficult game. Many of the named enemies in the late game can cast summons but never do, including Bozel, Eggbert and Rhianna.

Elementals

Elementals are an undead troop that has a map sprite of a puff of flame. They are only playable on Scenario 14 when Sonia joins with them. Even though some of Est and Ost's classes are stated to be able to hire them, they cannot actually be hired due to a bug. They would be a strong end-game troop if they could be hired.

On the flip side, there is a recruitable Demon troop that no class can hire that is on the list of hireable troops. These troops would only be playable in the early stages of the Chaos/Independent routes (Scenarios 13 and onwards) and the developers may not have bothered to add them to any classes as a result.

Erroneous Unit Data

The manual lists 18 unit types, but the game only displays 7. The game internally has 18 unit types but due to space limitations only displays 7.

Unused Money

Many of the low-level monster units never actually appear as enemy troops. They still have money values if you kill them, though. For some you can only kill them if you have Est/Ost hire them on the stage where they temporarily because enemies on the Independent Path.

Version Differences

This game was re-released several times.

  1. PC-FX - As Der Langrisser FX - higher resolution portraits, less laggy than the SNES version.
  2. Windows - similar to PC-FX but with some of the CD music removed.
  3. Sega Saturn - As Langrisser: Dramatic Edition - additional stages were added to the Imperial Route. Portraits were redone again. Much faster than the SNES verison.
  4. PlayStation - As Langrisser I & II - similar to Dramatic Edition.